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11 Dead Social Networks

Remember when there was a social network in every niche and cranny? Even for fake boobs? A walk through some of the wilder ghost towns left on the web.

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Then: MyFreeImplants, a site devoted to helping women raise money for breast augmentation. Founded in 2005.

Now: While it's a little hard to tell when the last campaign for breast implant money was launched, the well seems to go dry around 2010.


Then: An avatar social network,, was a place where different creatures from different platforms (Second Life, etc.) could meet and mingle. Name stands for "My Real Life/My Role Life" and launched around 2008.

Now: Image speaks for itself.


Then: was a hub for social shopping—finding others who want to shop together, alone, online. Started circa 2005.

Now: While the site was still functional, numerous attempts to find humans yielded no results. Seems that people don't want to shop socially, just drunk.


Then: Like a virtual AA, SoberCircle was launched in 2008 to help recovering addicts meet.

Now: In a fairly common fate for many niche networks, SoberCircle was overtaken by a similar site, OneRecovery —although a visit to OneRecovery showed that it was becoming a more general OneHealth.


Then: StarPonyz, a (teen?) social network for ponies and the people who ride them that began in 2006.

Now: This pony is on life-support: the bulk of the "new members" are spam and people only post to the bulletin board every few months.

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